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Nice Try, Marion Cotillard, We Don’t Believe What You Just Said About Your Dark Knight Rises Character

Christopher Nolan is known for being extra-secrative about his films, especially his Batman films, but that doesn’t stop fans from speculating on the tiniest clues. In the case of Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s playing Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises, there was next to nothing to go on but the actress has gone on the record to shoot down one really big fan theory. Hit the jump to find out what it is. That is, if you want to know, we’ll obviously be discussing spoilery things from here on out. 

When Cotillard was cast as Miranda Tate, our first thought was, “Who’s Miranda Tate?” She’s not a character from the comics and has been described as a “Wayne Enterprises board member” who will be somewhat friendly with Bruce Wayne. Fans next thought was, “She’s totally going to turn out to be Talia al Ghul!”

Now, why did we come to this conclusion exactly? First off, Nolan loves a big surprise. He caught almost everyone off-guard when it turned out that Liam Neeson’s character of Henri Ducard was really Ra’s al Ghul. Talia is his daughter in the comics and would be an excellent way to bring Nolan’s trilogy full circle. Plus, we found out a while ago that there is a young girl playing “Young Talia” in the film. That role eventually went to little Joey King from Ramona and Beezus.

Another reason we believe Cotillard will still turn out to be Talia is the fact that Neeson is going to be back in his role as Ra’s. Of course, we don’t know if he will appear in flashbacks (he “died” in Batman Begins) or in current time. There’s also an actor cast as “Young Ra’s,” actor Josh Pence.

Cotillard, like other TDKR castmembers, hasn’t been able to talk much about her role or the film in general but did say a few interesting things in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

The actress started filming Knight in June 2011, working on and off until the fall in locations including Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. She says there were long gaps when she wasn’t needed: “It was a very, very small role.”

Hmm. We can’t imagine a character like Talia would have a very small role. But here’s the real kick in the gut.

All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson’s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.

Hey, remember how Ra’s was always obsessed with the environmental balance of the world? Just sayin’.

Has Nolan wised up and realized that in fact, NOT having a surprise twist is what will really surprise his audience? I hope not. It is rather defeating to hear Cotillard say she’s definitely not Talia but it could all be part of a wonderful Prestige-like act on Nolan’s part. We won’t know for sure until July.

And then there’s me who is still convinced Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character of John Blake will turn out to be Dick Grayson and is still holding out hope that Barbara Gordon will show up too. As for the Cotillard/Talia theory, there’s one more very important factor that leads me to believe it will still happen…I’M WILLING IT TO.

(via /Film)

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  • Nick Simmonds

    He caught almost everyone off-guard when it turned out that Liam Neeson’s character of Henri Ducard was really Ra’s al Ghul.”

    He did?  That seemed super-obvious.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    “almost everyone”

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  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I was confused when he introduced himself as Ducard, since they had so obviously styled his hair like Ra’s…

  • John Burkhart

    Quite Frankly, I’d rather have Barbara Gordon than Dick Grayson. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Nightwing, but I feel his story’s been told, and told well, through the comics.

    Alternatively, I’d absolutely love Tim Drake (Red Robin) and Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Batgirl), the latter at least as a *cheerful* characters in a Grim World.

  • Anna B

    As much as I love Dick Grayson, you’re so right about his story being
    told–and told well.  It feels silly to have to watch his origins again, and
    again, and again. If anything, I just rather see him as Nightwing already.


    But yes to Tim Drake!

  • Totz_the_Plaid

    Another thing pointing towards her being Talia: Ra’s and Bane’s connection what with him being “the demon”‘s new heir since Batman rejects Ra’s Al Ghul’s methods…

  • Amanda

    Okay… here’s what. I was annoyed enough that Selena and Talia were being introduced in the same movie, a bad idea made worse by the fact that neither would be the primary antagonist. And now, if we’re taking Marian at her word, this is EVEN MORE STUPIDER because why the hell are introducing some random made up love interest in the same movie as Catwoman!? WHY would you DO that???

    I loved TDK, I really, really liked Begins, and I am generally a fan of the things Nolan puts on movie screens, but I will say this: I have never been particularly impressed with his female characters, and the more I see of Rises, the more I’m afraid he’ll disappoint me this time around, too.

    With my favorite DC character in the mix.

    Ugh. *frets*

  • Norman Maynard

    JGL won’t be Dick Grayson, he’ll be John Paul Valley, the *new* Batman who will replace a broken Bruce Wayne. You heard it here first, people…